Circuit Ricardo Tormo

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Circuit Ricardo Tormo, also known as Circuit de Valencia and officially named Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is a motorsport race track located in Cheste (Valencia, Spain) and built in 1999. The track is named after Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer Ricardo Tormo, who died in 1998 of leukemia. It has a capacity of 120,000 and a main straight of 876 metres. It is often used as a test track by the Formula One teams, because of the mild temperatures in winter. Anthony Davidson holds the unofficial lap record, set in 2006 while testing a Honda RA106, with a time of 1 m 08.540sec.[1]

Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
LocationCheste, Valencia, (Spain)
Time zoneGMT +1 (DST: +2)
FIA Grade1[N 1]
Broke ground1998
Major eventsFormula E
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
European motorcycle Grand Prix (2020)
WTCC; DTM; F3; GP2; F4 (Spain)
Grand Prix Circuit
Length4.005 km (2.488 mi)
Race lap record1:22.168 (France Nicolas Lapierre, Arden International, 2006, GP2)
External Circuit
Length3.036 km (1.886 mi)

The track hosts the MotoGP Valencian Community Grand Prix. Also, the FIA GT Championship had a race there in 2000 and 2004, the World Touring Car Championship from 2005 to 2012, the European Le Mans Series in 2007, and the DTM from 2010 to 2012. It has also been Formula E's pre-season test venue since the 2017–18 season, having moved from Donington Park, with the circuit also considered a replacement venue for the 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 crisis cancelling numerous rounds. It has also been the GP3 Series (now FIA Formula 3 Championship) pre-season test venue until the 2017 season. The series also hosted a one-off event at the track in 2013. The GP2 Series (now FIA Formula 2 Championship) also held rounds at the track in 2006 and 2007. Valencia has also hosted the season-opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014.

This circuit has been used by Formula E as a pre-season testing venue since 2017. On 28 January 2021; it has been announced that this circuit will feature the Round 4 of 2020–21 Formula E World Championship season as Valencia ePrix instead of the Paris ePrix on the date of 24 April 2021; and this circuit will host the Formula E's first race on a permanent race circuit.[2]

In other mediaEdit

The track has been recreated in the videogames Tourist Trophy and Gran Turismo PSP. The track also appears in other video games like Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano, GTR Evolution and rFactor as well. As it is a MotoGP round host, the track has appeared in every MotoGP game since its début in 1999. The latest recreation of the track was in MotoGP 20, and the SBK games during 2006–2013.


  1. ^ "THE AUTOSPORT.COM F1 TESTING CENTRE". n.d. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ "Second set of 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship races announced". Formula E. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 39°29′9″N 0°37′41″W / 39.48583°N 0.62806°W / 39.48583; -0.62806

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